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Get More Time for YOU

Seven optimum habits that will return several hours to your day
#1 Stop multi-tasking. It has been proven that multi-tasking significantly reduces brain power and focus. It takes your brain 4x longer to recognize and process each thing you are working on when you switch back and forth.  

#2 Don’t check email the first 96 minutes at work. I know this is going to be a hard one. Email is seductive because we think there might be something more interesting waiting for us there. Resist the temptation and focus your first hour working on your most critical task. Why 96 minutes? You’ve probably heard of thePareto principle(also known as the80–20 rule). This principle says that 20 percent of your activities will account for 80% of your results. 20 percent of your customers will account for 80 percent of your sales, 20 percent of your products or services will account for 80 percent of your profits, 20 percent of your tasks will account for 80 percent of the value of what you do, and so on. 20% …

What words come to mind when you think of the word ORGANIZE?

The Perfectly Organized Kitchen for the Holidays... and Beyond

If your kitchen isn't functioning at high efficiency it is a recipe for a holiday dinner disaster!  Organize it now to insure stress free holiday meal preparations.  Here are few quick tips to get started: Purge your pantry - look at expiration dates and remove all expired food, including spices. For more ideas on how to organize a pantry view my video at all of your baking supplies and materials together and create a baking zone in the kitchen. This will make holiday baking a snap!Be realistic about how many coffee mugs, travel cups/mugs, plastic drinking bottles, and plastic containers are needed. Nix the surplus and gain space for what you need to easily access. Relocate infrequently used appliances, kitchen equipment and entertaining items to a storage room or garage to free up prime real estate in the kitchen for what is used regularly.Let go of any cookbook, gadget, dishware or ingredient that has not been…

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Are You Afraid to Open the Door?

The holidays are fast approaching.

Are you afraid to open your door? Is your home ready for entertaining? Can you find your holiday decorations? What about the roasting pan? Do you have a plan for gift giving? Will you be able to balance work, family, life + the holidays?
If you answered no, to any of the above questions, I have SolutionsForYou. I also have a holiday offer...

Call today to find out what it is and before my time runs out!

Happy Holidays,
Anne Blumer, CPO
SolutionsForYou, Inc.

503-246-0710 or 503-706-3502

5 minute tasks to keep your home uncluttered and organized

After working with a client I'm usually hear the question, "How do I stay organized?"  I provide my clients a written maintenance plan at the conclusion of each project. The plan is simple and comprises short 5-15 minute tasks to be completed at specific frequencies.   The intent is to develop new habits that will eventually [with practice] become routine.  

Here are 50 quick tasks for you to keep your home uncluttered and organized:
Make a plan for todaySort daily mail into three categories – action, recycle, fileFileWeed a file or twoPurge magazines/catalogsSet-up online bill pay with your bankGo online and pay your billsStart a load of laundryPut a load of laundry in the dryerFold a load of laundryPut away a load of laundryLoad the dishwasherUnload the dishwasherPurge your kitchen utensil drawer – donate duplicates and unused utensilsPurge your plastic containers – keep only what you will store leftovers for a weekPurge your travel mugs – keep two for each personPurge…

Are You Right-Brained or Left-Brained?

Right-Brain Logic The right-brain person is highly creative and has a holistic view of their office space.  They benefit from a work space that keeps paper in the open and visually accessible.  Materials that work well to capture paper in the right-brain office are: literature sorters for organized action pilesproject file boxesopen rolling file cartscolorful file folderscolorful magazine holdersdifferent colored pens for labeling

Left-Brain Logic While the right-brain dominant person works better with everything out in the open, the left-brain dominant person compartmentalizes their office space and does better in a well ordered workspace with everything out of sight except for the one task they are working on. Materials that work well to capture paper in the right-brain office are: divided compartmentalized desk drawer traysdesk-top file box (with lid) for action papersfile cabinets with closing drawershanging files for reference paperslabel maker

Not sure what you are? Take the right-bra…


My mother, Priscilla, is 86 years old and her husband, Don, is 90. Until recently, they lived in a mobile home park for 18 years. Don has dementia and it has been progressing to a point that in recent years Priscilla has taken care of everything; the housework, their finances, meal planning and preparation, arranging for home repairs/maintenance, yard work, all the driving... everything! Priscilla also has neuropathy in her feet (due to a foot surgery gone wrong) causing difficulty to walk and has experienced a few too many falls lately. My siblings and I said, enough! It's time for Priscilla and Don to move to a community where they have freedom from all of the day-to-day chores and upkeep, plus on-site care.

We found a wonderful community--it's like living on a cruise ship. The apartments are very small (600 square feet), but right outside their door are all the amenities of a cruise ship: saline pool, exercise room and trainers, massage therapists, gift shop, library, movie …